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Dr. Lanjesi extracting a tooth Dr. Lanjesi extracting a tooth - pic by Raphael Mlozoa

A Germany based charitable organization, Hilal Afrika has pledged more support towards the health care system in the country, mainly to those in the remote and hard to reach areas.

Chairperson for the organization, Umut Turan, pledged the support in Mangochi where his organization in cooperation with the district's health office conducted health outreaches in hard to reach areas of Traditional Authorities Lulanga and Makanjira.

The organization supported a team of about 40 health workers who set up three camps, where over 1250 people were assisted, most of them diagnosed with, hypertension, diabetes, malaria, bilharzia, epilepsy, dental caries, eye problems and Sexually transmitted infections.

According to Turan having been in the area last year for food distribution, they noticed that there are other challenges like access to potable water and health issues that need assistance and they went back to Germany to look for support from donors and partners.

"It's my first time to be in Africa, thanks to Turan for giving me chance to see such things with my eyes and not on television, when I go back, I will tell friends to help," explained Bashar Faraj, one of the well-wishers from Germany who accompanied Turan.

Senior Chief Lulanga, said with the cyclone Freddy his area which is already a hard to reach area has become more vulnerable.

"We have people here under Palliative care, but they don't have access to medical care as this area is far and the road network is bad for people to access such quality medical care at Mangochi district hospital which is over 130 kilometres," explained Lulanga.

He commended the organization and ask for more support in other areas too.

One of the women who were assisted at Mkwawira camp, Ponje Kazembe, thanked the initiative, saying she managed to access a family planning method.

"I gave birth some months ago through Caesar and with the condition of the road I couldn't have managed to travel to the hospital again," said Kazembe.

Team leader for the District Health Office, Dr. Innocent Lanjesi said effects of cyclone Freddy continues impacting the delivery of quality health services in the district as more areas cannot be easily accessed apart from the already know hard to reach areas.

"As a district we are trying to provide quality services to our people, but we can admit that we have challenges and we still need more support from partners like Hilal Africa," said Dr. Lanjesi.

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